‘Tis the season, after all!
Boughs of holly are great, but a stellar resume makes for the ultimate holiday decoration. What better way to celebrate the season than with a shiny resume revamp? If you find yourself with a bit of downtime as this month draws to a close, take a look at your resume and see if there’s anything you might want to change. 2021 is fast approaching, and you want to be prepared! Here are a few yuletide-inspired tips for wrapping your resume just right.
- Don we now our best formatting.
You want your resume looking its holiday best and that starts with the formatting. A great resume will include:
- Your name and contact info, preferably at the top of the page. Even though you’ll usually include your contact info with an online resume submission, you want to make it as easy as possible for the hiring manager to contact you.
- Organized section headers. Your resume should be easy to read at a glance, with clearly defined sections organized by title. Education, Experience and Training, Awards and Accolades, etc. This helps keep everything nice and organized, and allows you to highlight the reasons why you would be the best fit for the job.
- Unless you’re applying for a design position, you want your resume to be simple and clean. That means one unified font style and keeping everything to one page.
- All I want for Christmas is a resume that stands out.
Your resume should rise above the stack, like one of those fancy stockings chock-full of presents. You can’t do that with design elements, but you can do it by using descriptive words that measure your accomplishments. Check out these blogs to make sure job-search Santa comes down the chimney with interviews for you:
- Go-to Words to Get Your Resume Noticed
- Lucky Words for Your Resume
- Fire Cracker Words for Your Resume
- Don’t let grinchy resume mistakes steal Christmas.
If your resume has red flags, hiring managers aren’t going to touch it with a 39-and-a-half foot pole. That means staying away from using an unprofessional email address, listing ancient experience, and including references that aren’t easily reachable.
- Make a list and check it twice.
Santa knows that proofreading is important, and so should you! If you don’t have any elves around to take a second look at your resume, ask friends or family members for their input. The jolly guy himself would never want to deliver coal to good little boys and girls, and you wouldn’t want to hand a coal-filled resume off to a hiring manager.
And that’s that! Grab some eggnog and hit the job search trail and dash away, dash away, dash away all!
For more resume help, check out our resume tips series.